While many associate's degree programs in industrial technology are readily available, some students may wish to pursue a bachelor's degree. Industrial technology programs can be found at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.
Ten Schools with Industrial Technology Programs
These institutions offer industrial technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette, MI||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's|| $9,620 In-state Undergraduate;
$15,020 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|University of Idaho||Moscow, ID||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's, Master's|| $7,020 In-state Undergraduate;
$6,205 In-state Graduate
|Turtle Mountain Community College||Belcourt, ND||Private, not-for-profit, 4-year, primarily associate's||Certificate, Associate's||$2,250 Undergraduate|
|Wytheville Community College||Wytheville, VA||Public, 2-year||Certificate, Associate's|| $4,380 In-state Undergraduate;
$10,218 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|Dalton State College||Dalton, GA||Public, 4-year, primarily associate's||Associate's|| $4,052 In-state Undergraduate;
$12,302 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|Alabama A&M||Normal, AL||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's|| $9,366 In-state Undergraduate;
$17,136 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|Ball State University||Muncie, IN||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's|| $9,498 In-state Undergraduate;
$25,016 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|SUNY Polytechnic Institute at Utica-Rome||Utica, NY||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's|| $7,759 In-state Undergraduate;
$17,609 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|Three Rivers Community College||Poplar Bluff, MO||Public, 2-year||Certificate, Associate's|| $4,104 in-district;
$5,868 In-state Undergraduate;
$7,164 Out-of-state Undergraduate
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, IN||Public, 4-year||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral|| $8,580 In-state Undergraduate;
$6,984 In-state Graduate
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are several things to consider when choosing a program in this field.
- It's important to seek out industrial technology programs that are accredited through ABET.
- Students looking into associate's degrees may consider programs that provide vocational training utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) software, using machine tools, planning facilities and maintaining a safe work environment.
- A school with up-to-date lab facilities and technology is preferable, since labs are typically where students gain hands-on experience.
- Graduate studies are only offered at a few institutions, and those considering undergraduate and graduate studies may opt to attend schools that offer programs at both levels.
Associate of Science in Industrial Engineering and Technology
A 2-year industrial technology program combines the disciplines of mathematics, physics and engineering to provide students with a comprehensive education that can either prepare them for obtaining a bachelor's degree or a job in industrial engineering. Many of these degrees are designed with diversity of skill in mind, in order to give students a breadth of knowledge available when they enter the workforce. Students may complete practical experiences during the program.
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Technology
A bachelor's degree program adds more coursework based on theory, as well as practice in industrial technology. Most science courses include required lab work. There can also be basic liberal arts requirements depending on the program or school. An internship or capstone project is typically included.
It is most common for schools to offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs in industrial engineering technology, although some schools also offer graduate studies. Students may want to consider the degree level they plan to pursue, location, cost and opportunities for hands-on learning through practica or internships when choosing a school for industrial engineering technology.